Socorro residents reeling from storm damage
POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 7:01pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 7:18pm
Socorro, TX (KTSM) — Socorro residents are still dealing with the damage left behind -- the heavy rains from just weeks ago have left its mark.
Residents in the city have lost their homes, their property and one woman is in the hospital because of what she claimed, Socorro city officials failed to do.
Leticia Duran has been at the Del Sol Medical Center for two days. "Look at me, I'm in the hospital. I don't like to be in the hospital. I want to go home but where's home?,” Duran asked rhetorically. "My mobile home was underwater for three days. And we asked for help from the City of Socorro and nobody went out there to drain out that water."
She has been trying to get answers from Socorro officials since her home flooded. "Everything was just a run around. No cooperation, no help, nothing [sic]."
She’s not the only one feeling lost. Karen Statham didn't lose her home but there's a cliff inching closer to her property. "If they could please help me fill it up with something besides sand. Because if they fill it up with sand it's just going to do it all over again,” Karen Statham explained to us.
We reached out to the Mayor of Socorro, Jesus Ruiz. He told us that while the city is planning several fundraisers to help those in need -- its hands are tied when it comes to fixing private property.
Others are receiving help but not from the city. Dale Adams lives at the bottom of the cliff. "We've been getting a lot of support from the Red Cross and the Salvation Army,” Adams said. He and his wife have also received help from The El Paso Housing Authority. "We're doing real good [sic]. Just glad to be able to get out of here in one piece, alive."
While Dale is one success story, two Socorro residents are still waiting for their ending to be written.
"This has been my home for 36 years. I have nowhere to go,” Statham said.
We asked Duran what she wants the city to do, she replied, " To help…. anything."